Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Rush Limbaugh attacks Michael J. Fox for having Parkinson's

This is pretty sick:
"He is exaggerating the effects of the disease," Limbaugh told listeners. "He's moving all around and shaking and it's purely an act. . . . This is really shameless of Michael J. Fox. Either he didn't take his medication or he's acting."
Rush apologized, then renewed his attack from a different angle:
After his apology, Limbaugh shifted his ground and renewed his attack on Fox.[...]Then Limbaugh pivoted to a different critique: "Michael J. Fox is allowing his illness to be exploited and in the process is shilling for a Democratic politician."
(HT: Crooks and Liars, but the whole blogosphere has it.) Well, if Democratic politicians were the only ones supporting an avenue of research that might lead to a better treatment for my debilitating condition, I'd "shill" for them, too. The "rights" blastocysts that are already going to be thrown away, vs. potential treatments for devastating illnesses. Seems pretty obvious which way to go to me. Those who carry "every zygote is sacred" to its logical conclusion find themselves in the ridiculous (and forturnately, rather unpopular) postition of opposing this kind of research. It think the Democrats are perfectly within their rights to bludgeon Republicans over the head with this at every opportunity. And I'm glad Michael J. Fox is lending his name and story to the cause.

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